District Update

February 28, 2020

What should you eat on March 14th?

If you guessed PIE, you are correct!

The mathematical number Pi is used to calculate the area of a circle, and its first three digits are 3.14. Pie, the dessert, is traditionally baked in a circular pan, which makes it the perfect treat for March 14, or 3.14. Also, eating some pie on March 14th is a great way to wish Albert Einstein a Happy Birthday! Curious to learn more? You can read all about it here and read down for all kinds of great ways to celebrate 3.14 :)


Cope Architecture recently completed a Facility Planning Study of the Maryville City Schools. The Study provides updated student capacity figures for each of our schools, enrollment projections for the next 15 years, and options for consideration once enrollment exceeds capacity in the not-too-distant future. New construction will likely not occur for another six or seven years. However, the School Board hopes to identify the preferred option by the end of this school year. That decision will pinpoint the areas in which we need to focus over the next few years, such as remodeling and land acquisition. The full report is available on our website at https://www.maryville-schools.org/school-board/facilities-planning.

On February 24, the school board reviewed input gathered from faculty, students, and parents and now has the list of options down to three. You are encouraged to review these three options and offer your top pick (with your reasoning) by linking below. We hope you will participate in this process by sharing your thoughts.


Online kindergarten registration will be open on April 1 in Maryville. Document day on May 1 is when families will bring all the required documents to their zoned school. Learn more on our website or at THIS LINK.

You can find your zoned school at this link.

Students must be five-years-old by August 15th to register.

TNREADY Parent Portal

The TN Department of Education recently announced a new resource for parents to review TN Ready testing data via an online portal. The only data currently available is from the 2019 Fall administration of End of Course (EOC) tests taken at Maryville High School. However, if you are interesting in reviewing that data, the link is https://familyreport.tnedu.gov/login?mc_cid=d6685b54b2&mc_eid=7141ea3c6c. More data will be available when results are posted for spring 2020 state assessments.


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A little gallery of artwork from MONTGOMERY RIDGE INTERMEDIATE. The art teacher at MRIS is Debbie Allen. Looks like they are doing great work in art class on The Ridge. Enjoy!


A few things you may not know about:

  • @MHS the National Merit finalists were recently announced. Pictures (left to right) are Mason Stott, Jacob Robertson, Megan Underwood, and Erin Garner. Congratulations and best wishes to these talented seniors!
  • @MJHS the yearbook staff won another Gold Award for their 2019 yearbook from Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Under the direction of Mrs. Luttrell, students at MJHS have received a gold medal for their work every year since 2015 and a superior rating fro the Journalism Education Association since 2016.
  • The Rebels Swim Team finished the 2019-2020 state meet as the top public school swim team and second in overall state competition.
  • @MHS the wrestling team finished regional competition as dual runner-ups and competed at the state level too.
  • @MHS the DECA program has 16 students qualify to advance to state competition in March.
  • The MCS Model UN team won "best large delegation" and several individual awards in competition at UTK earlier this month.
  • MHS and Sam Houston STEM programs recently received grants from TVA totaling $8,000.
  • MJHS and MHS students earned 34 spots at the ETSBOA Senior Band Clinic in later January, with 11 All-State designations. These results are extraordinary by any measure and we are extremely proud of the music programs that serve our students across the district.
  • MJHS student wrestler Thomas Stadel placed 6th in state competition last week. He is the first Maryville wrestler to medal at state since 2015.

One book blitz

Thousands of students and families in Maryville, Alcoa, and Blount County schools have enjoyed THE CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE over the past month. Once again we are grateful to our sponsors and the many teachers and volunteers who made this literacy event such a huge success.

We will leave the supporting materials, video links, etc. up on our website until a new book is announced in 2021. You are welcome to use these resources for any purpose that supports reading in our community and in your home. LINK HERE to access the OBB site.

DRAMA PRODUCTION - OPEN TO THE PUBLIC: As we wrap-up One Book Blitz for this year, you are invited to attend one of the MHS productions of THE CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE at Maryville High School on these dates.

  • 7PM, Thursday, March 5
  • 7PM, Friday, March 6
  • 2PM, Saturday, March 7
  • 4PM, Saturday, March 7

Kids under 5 years are free. Adult admission is $5 and student admission is $3. You can buy tickets in advance, at this link: https://gofan.co/app/school/TN11339

Area 15 Special Olympics

For the 29th year, Alcoa Kiwanis is supporting Area 15 Special Olympics with proceeds from the club's annual pancake breakfast. Breakfast tickets are $6 and you can buy as many as you want, or just make a donation to Special Olympics through the Alcoa Kiwanis Foundation. Maryville educator Julie Vananda is happy to answer any questions. Her email is Julie.Vananda@maryville-schools.org.



  • March 2 @ 5pm (MHS) Mandatory TN Promise meeting
  • March 5 @ 7pm (MJHS, CGIS, MRIS) Music Festival at CCA
  • March 5 @ 7pm (MHS) Drama production of CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE
  • March 6 @ 7pm (MHS) Drama production of CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE
  • March 7 @ 2pm (MHS) Drama production of CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE
  • March 7 @ 4pm (MHS) Drama production of CRICKET IN TIMES SQUARE
  • March 9 @ 5:30pm (CGIS) Board of Education meeting
  • March 12 - Intervention and Enrichment
  • March 13 - Intervention and Enrichment
  • March 16 - March 20 - Spring Break
  • March 24 (MHS) In school ACT

In addition, there are band, orchestra, choral, and drama performances too many to mention. The link below will give you more specifics on our fine arts programming.


The same is true for sports - too many to mention. However, we hope you will come out and support your favorite teams. You will find more details on the athletics website, linked below.